55 killed in two suicide bombings in Yemen mosques

Two suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Yemen’s capital Sanaa during Friday prayers, killing at least 55 people and wounding dozens of others.

The bombers detonated explosives at the two mosques controlled by the Shia Houthi group, the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that most of the dead were supporters of the Houthi group.

The first attack hit the congregation at Badr mosque in southeastern Sanaa, killing 35 people, while the second bombing occurred at Hashoush mosque in the northeastern area of the city, killing at least 20 others, he said.

The Shia Houthi group took control of Sanaa last September and met strong resistance in the central and southern regions from powerful Sunni tribes.

On Thursday, tribal militia fought against security forces supported by the Houthi group in the southern port city of Aden, the second biggest city in the country, killing at least 15 people.

This is the second bombing attack in Sanaa this year after an Al Qaeda car bombing attack against the police academy killed at least 50 cadets on January 7

In further development in fight against terrorism at least 20 Shiite Houthi fighters were killed and dozens of others wounded in Saudi-led airstrikes on a military base in Yemen’s northern province of Amran, military officials and medics said.

“Saudi-led warplanes pounded 310th armored camp for over seven times during morning and afternoon, bombing weapons shipping containers and tanks, during which many Houthi fighters were killed,” a retired military officer who lives next to the camp told Xinhua by phone on condition of anonymity.

He said the airstrikes also hit Houthi camps in Bait al-Gohoum and Ghulat Ajeep villages on the northern outskirts of Amran city, the provincial capital of Amran province.

A medic in Amran city, 50 km north of the capital Sanaa said that 20 Houthi bodies were brought to Amran hospital in the afternoon and more than 27 others were receiving treatment.